DVI-D to HDMI Cable

DVI-D to HDMI cables allow computer users to connect their computers to a high definition TV, assuming their computers are properly equipped to attach to a DVI cable.

DVI stands for digital video interface, and the “D” at the end stands for digital. This kind of cord receives a digital signal only, as opposed to a DVI-A (which receives only analog signals) or DVI-I (which receives both analog and digital signals). Virtually every graphics card comes with a VGA output, which is an analog signal that any monitor and some TV’s will recognize. However, many newer graphics cards are also being made with a DVI output, which allows the card to send a digital signal. Most newer monitors have a DVI input option, but most TV’s don’t, and neither do a lot of monitors.

HDMI stands for High Definition Media Interface. Unlike DVI, it’s also capable of carrying an audio signal. However, a DVI to HDMI cable won’t carry audio because of the DVI port’s limitations. HDMI cables have become very popular over the past few years, because they are capable of carrying a high-definition signal and audio with just one cable. They are fairly simple and inexpensive, and every new HDTV has an HDMI input, so they are fast becoming one of the most popular methods of attaching a video device to a TV or monitor.

Some of the better video cards are being equipped with HDMI outputs, but many still have only VGA and DVI outputs. VGA cables can connect to some TV’s, but DVI’s rarely do. If you’re accustomed to using your DVI output for your monitor, or if your video card only has a DVI output, you’ll need a DVI-D to HDMI cable. Also, HDMI inputs are becoming more mainstream than VGA inputs, and it’s impossible to build a VGA to HDMI cable.

The reason a VGA to HDMI cable is impossible to build is because VGA is an analog signal and HDMI is a digital one. On the other hand DVI-D and HDMI are both the same signal – they’re pretty much equal in every respect. This means that you won’t have to worry about losing quality by converting the signal, and you don’t have to worry about any visual limitations of a DVI cable. There are some very minor differences between DVI and HDMI cables individually, but in the signal itself, a DVI-D to HDMI cable makes no difference.

If you’re making the decision between buying a DVI-D to HDMI cable or a simple VGA adaptor, the simplest answer is usually to go with whatever is cheapest. Many people will argue that a digital signal is simply better than an analog one, but that’s not necessarily true. You can send an image quality that is comparable to high definition over a VGA output, and any real difference, especially with computer graphics, is usually negligible. Any real difference will usually depend on the distance of the cord or the device used.

If you’re looking to buy a DVI-D to HDMI cable, the price you’ll need to pay varies depending on the quality of the cable and its length. If you’re looking for a cheap and short model, you can find one online for less than $10. In stores, that price might be between $10 and $20. However, if you need a cable longer than 10 feet, you’ll want to buy a higher quality model. This is because the signal can degrade over a distance, and better circuitry in the cable can help the signal survive up to about 20 feet. The highest quality cables can cost about $50.

This DVI-D to HDMI Cable Review is Written/Updated on Jun 29th, 2010 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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